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Perham’s newest public art installment officially has a name. The History, Arts and Cultural Association announced the winning name for the three dimensional mural on Friday, March 6. Of the 44 submitted ideas, a naming committee chose “Waves of Discovery,” submitted by Justin Helmeke.
Ice is a normal part of winter along Minnesota’s lakes. However, this year, some property owners on Otter Tail County Lakes are dealing with more ice, and damage, than usual. Dave Sethre, President of the Otter Tail County Coalition of Lake Associations, called the pushing ice on Otter Tail Lake “pretty radical” this year.
Every season, students of the Perham High School Speech Team are instructed by their coaches to keep an over-arching goal in mind. “Our team has a focus on doing speeches...
On one hand, it almost seems as though winter never fully set in over the Perham area this year, with minimal snowfall and routine days above freezing. On the other, after the bursts of extreme cold, few Minnesotans are likely to beg winter to stick around. Instead, tell-tale signs of spring are starting to pop up everywhere, like dandelions. Lenten fish fries have begun, grass (however brown it may be) is visible and spring sports practices are starting.
Emily Rutten, Associate Director of the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce, and volunteer chamber member Tamara Langen recently visited The Backyard and spoke with store manager, Tyler Doll. The Backyard is the retail side of the agriculture-based J&L Nutritional Consulting. It began in 2013. When establishing the retail side, three previous buildings were combined to create a warehouse/store combination.
After spending 47 years with Arvig Communications, and its preceding corporations, Bill Pawlowski retired from his post as Director of Information Systems in December. When asked what kept him there...
Minnesota’s Senator Al Franken has been hosting a series of 20 roundtable discussions across the state in an effort to learn more about the status of rural healthcare, its challenges and successes. Franken serves as co-chair of the Senate Rural Health Caucus, a bipartisan group responsible for promoting solutions to healthcare problems faced in rural areas.
Marlee Helmeke, a 2011 Perham High School graduate, has never been much of one to take the path of least resistance. After graduating from Perham, she went to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D. to major in biology and honors, and minor in psychology. Again, Marlee worked aggressively toward her goal. She graduated in December, after 3-1/2 years, with a 4.0 grade point average.
Numbers are looking up, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education last week on the percentage of Minnesotan students who graduate from high school. For 2014, slightly more than 81percent of Minnesota’s seniors graduated from high school, up from 79.8 percent in 2013. At Perham High School, the graduation rate also improved, to almost 89 percent, for 2014.
The combined Relay for Life groups of East and West Otter Tail County were recognized with a national fundraising award earlier this year. Together, the Otter Tail County Relays for Life collected a total of $184,000 for the American Cancer Society, earning a fourth place ranking for dollars raised per-capita (among counties with populations of 50,000-100,000 people).